Spending holidays in Barcelona is very exciting and eventful. There’s so much to see, so much to do. There just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to get round all the different attractions. However, once you’ve been at it for a few hours, it can eventually get the best of you and you’ll need to take a rest. But don’t worry, it’s not all lively and fast-paced – there are some great bars to retreat to when you need to relax. And there are some great drinks to sample while you’re there.
Sangria and Cervesa are the most popular drinks in Spain, there’s no doubt about that. But with the ever-growing tourism industry, more and more drinks from various cultures are finding their way into the country, and Barcelona, in particular, embraces this change. Whisky is a drink that is becoming very popular among tourists and locals, and there are a variety of bars where you can grab yourself a wee dram.
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Located on Passeig de Gràcia, Banker’s Bar is a high-end establishment. The prices are a little higher than most but the quality and selection of the drinks makes it well worthwhile. They have a vast selection of malt whiskeys, with bartenders who have a great knowledge of all the different varieties. And they often have live music in the evening after 9pm, adding to the great jovial atmosphere of this place.
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Collage Art & Cocktail Social Club
If you like your whisky as part of a cocktail, then Collage Art & Cocktails Social Club is a great place for you. Located on Carrer dels Consellers, the club has a great team of staff who are very creative with their mixing. Here you can try something you’ve never had before. And not only do they have a great selection of whiskies, but many rums too.
Michael Collins Irish Pub
The Irish love their whisky, so it’s no surprise that the Michael Collins Irish Pub on Plaça de la Sagrada Família is on of the best places to get whisky in the city. They have a wide and varied selection, plus lots of different beers on offer. The pub has an old and traditional feel and the staff really know their stuff. They also sell meals which are extra tasty.
La Whiskería is located in Carrer Sitges in El Raval. They pride themselves on serving some of Barcelona’s most innovative and creative cocktails and it’s no surprise that they have a great selection of whiskeys on offer too. The place has a trendy kind of rock and roll feel to it, and the drinks are very reasonably priced. A must for anyone wanting a drink in the area.
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